International orthopaedic fellows visit KZN Orthopaedic Training Centre

ABC Orthopaedic Fellows visit 2013

Left: Judy Horne, MD Smith & Nephew, Africa Region, Centre: Prof Ismail Goga, head of the Orthopaedic Dept at Inkosi Albert Luthuli General Hospital, and far right: Ray Buthelezi, Government Affairs Director, Smith & Nephew, Africa Region, with ABC international fellows who visited the KZN Orthopaedic Training Centre. 


The South African Orthopaedic Association, KZN Branch together with the Department of Orthopaedics at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital hosted seven international orthopaedic surgeons from the prestigious ABC (American-British-Canadian) fellowship at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital on Friday 17 May 2013. The fellowship provided by the American Orthopaedic Association is a highly competitive and sought-after honour awarded to leaders in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery. ABC Fellows are chosen every two years and travel to academic institutions in the United Kingdom and South Africa where they present their research and learn about healthcare and research in their host countries.

Their visit to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital and the KZN Orthopaedic Training Centre showed them an innovative training centre in a state hospital setting. A Four Million rand sponsorship by Smith & Nephew enabled the opening of the training centre in June last year. The fully equipped laboratory has high-definition camera systems used for performing arthroscopic surgery on people suffering from severe pain and disabling joint stiffness. In addition to specialist training in minimally invasive surgical techniques, the centre provides training in all aspects of orthopaedic surgery, from established procedures such as hip and knee replacement to trauma orthopaedics.

Prof Ismail Goga, head of the Orthopaedic Dept at Inkosi Albert Luthuli General Hospital says that it is always a pleasure to receive international surgeons and exchange ideas and knowledge with the visitors:

“This kind of exchange fellowship (which is sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Association together with the South African Orthopaedic Association) is beneficial to both parties. We were honoured to receive these very knowledgeable and bright young orthopaedic surgeons from the USA. We had a full day academic programme with our visitors and we took the opportunity not only to learn from them but also to show them what we are able to do at our hospitals and our state-of-the-art KZN Orthopaedic Training Centre." 

"Our partnership with Smith & Nephew makes it possible for us to offer world class training to our young up and coming surgeons. Meeting the brightest young orthopaedic surgeons from the USA is very good for our orthopaedic surgeons, specialists and training doctors."


Ray Buthelezi, director of Government Affairs and Export for Smith & Nephew, Africa said that the company’s substantial investments in corporate citizenship initiatives and medical education are inextricably linked to their business imperative of helping people regain their lives.

Lesley Schroeder-McLean:Fuller Insight
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Sandy Havercroft,  Marketing Manager Endoscopy, Smith & Nephew, shows how high tech equipment is used to teach surgeons who visit the KwaZulu-Natal Orthopaedoc Training Centre

Ray Buthelezi - Director Government Affairs SA

Ray Buthelezi, director of Government Affairs and Export for Smith & Nephew, Africa said: 


“We are committed to strengthening coordination between the private sector and the under-resourced public health sector. Through public-private partnerships like this we are able to contribute to the overall knowledge of the orthopaedic community, particularly in state hospitals.  We are proud that in the last two years we trained close on 3000 health care professionals, half of them black.”